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Backpacker Magazine – February 2008

Camp Stove Cooking: Curry in a Hurry

4 easy recipes that will warm your whole body.

by: Kelly Bastone, Photos by Justin Bailie

Masman Curry, Justin Bailie
Masman Curry, Justin Bailie
Thai Green Curry, Justin Bailie
Thai Green Curry, Justin Bailie
Caribbean Pineapple Curry, Justin Bailie
Caribbean Pineapple Curry, Justin Bailie

Fiery curries can add more than exotic tastes to your next meal. That's because turmeric, a common mustardlike spice, reduces inflammation to ease post-hike aches. Eat well and feel better with these simple recipes.

Masman Curry
Lemongrass and peanuts accent this creamy Thai dish.

1 tablespoon Masman curry paste (contains lemongrass, garlic, cumin)
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 medium onion, peeled
1 1.75-oz. pouch powdered coconut cream (or 1 cup canned coconut milk)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/3 cup crushed peanuts
1 7-oz. pouch pre-cooked chicken breast; vegetarian option: 1 14-oz. can chickpeas
1 4-oz. pouch instant mashed potatoes
Note: Find powdered coconut cream at Asian or Indian groceries.

At Home
Combine brown sugar and crushed peanuts in a zip-top bag. Transfer chickpeas in separate zip-top bag.

In Camp
Prepare potatoes according to the package directions; then set aside. Thinly slice onion. In a separate pot, combine curry, coconut powder, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add carrots and onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add sugar, nuts, and chicken (or chickpeas), and cook until sugar is dissolved and everything is hot. Spread over potatoes. Serves 2.

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David Clark
Jun 13, 2008

Caribbean Pineapple Curry - All I had was rum extract and I used the whole bottle. It was a bit too much. Next time I will do without the rum and maybe double the curry, garlic and rice. Easily feeds two

Erik Bodin
Apr 16, 2008

The Indian Red Curry was a great warm up after a December day on the trail in Virginia. The cold rain held off till off the trail, but poured buckets from the time the stove got fired up till morning. The curry was a big hit with my companions. Easy to prep with enough heat for those who like spice but not too much for those who don't like the burn.


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